There's more to Singapore than its slick urban playground: here's how to seek out lush greenery and unique wildlife in the tropics
When Singapore turns its mind to a project, you can expect the results to be spectacular. Perhaps the finest example of all is the extraordinary Gardens by the Bay – a 1.01 sq km garden lined with vast solar-powered ‘supertrees’ and two Eden Project-like biodomes, one of which contains the world’s highest indoor waterfall. Since opening in 2012, the park has won numerous international awards for its innovative mix of gardens, conservatories, sculpture and sustainability.
Singapore Gardens by the Bay
No less magnificent (and also fairly centrally located) are the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which, since mid-2015, have become the first and only tropical botanic gardens on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. They were founded more than 155 years ago and remain an oasis of orchids, lakes, bougainvillea and tree-lined pathways. The gardens also act as a research and learning centre – check online for details of the regular workshops that are available.A couple of kilometres north of the Botanic Gardens you’ll find another natural heritage attraction, the MacRitchie Reservoir Park. The reservoir itself, Singapore’s oldest, has been here since the 1860s and provides an enjoyable setting for everything from canoeing to hiking.